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The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas). Frida Kahlo. 1939. oil on c
Transcript of The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas). Frida Kahlo. 1939. oil on c
There is not a obvious source of light in this painting. Kahlo wasn't really concerned with where the light came from but rather how natural light looked on her skin and on her clothing
Texture was something Kahlo explored throughout this painting. She spent time on creating the clothing, her hair and skin look like you can feel it. Kahlo's use of bloodstains on the white dress is perfect. The realism of the hearts appear like they actually came out of her body.
Visual Analysis Diagram
The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas).
Frida Kahlo. 1939. oil on canvas. Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.
This painting was the first of many large-scale paintings that Kahlo made. The Two Fridas is a self portait that depicts two identical interpretations of Kahlo except in different attire, sharing a bench in the middle of a stormy day. Kahlo painted this during her divorce from Diego Rivera and sybolically tranistioning into finding her own identity.
The first thing I saw when looking at this painting her both of the womens hearts.
Kahlo uses many types of lines. I see the ruffled lines she created in her clothing in the texture of her hair and the scattered clouds in the sky. She uses Directional lines to show lead us to the focal point. The use of the blood that connects both Fridas, their hands connecting and the position of their bodies all lead us back to the focal points.
Shape is an important feature in this piece. Kahlo uses mostly organic shapes to describe the feeling. In the background, she explores how stormy clouds might take shape. In the dresses Kahlo adds detail in the attire making it look realistic.
Color was a very important aspect for Khalo to effectively incorporate into her paintings. She was really interested in painting the different colors in her own skin. She used complementary colors, blue and orange on the right "twin's" shirt. On the left "twin" Kahlo uses the white dress to define the red heart and bloodstains.
The use of space wasn't important to Kahlo in this piece. The two women sharing a bench covers up most of the piece. However the background is not a realistic depiction of space. You can see where the ground and the sky seperate and meet. Other than that space is pretty insignificant.
Most of Kahlo's paintings are not realistic except of course the self portrait aspect. In real life we would not see two women with their hearts showing and bound by blood in the middle of a storm.
This piece is very symmetrical. Not only are both Fridas sitting beside each other they also have similar positions and their motions are almost the same. She uses repetition in the same ways.
However if you look closer the details are realistic. The way Kahlo painted the hearts or the bloodstains and the folding of the clothes are all very realistic. Kahlo was mostly drawing where her feelings, identity and imagination met, which meant the art wouldn't be too realistic.